DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shelves

3 Materials
2 Hours

Tired of the traditional Christmas Tree. Learn how to make this easy Modern farmhouse DIY wood Christmas tree shelves. Add holiday cheer to any space, big or small, with a versatile minimalist tree that was a breeze to make from 2x4's.

Wonder why we decided to make this DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shelves? Since I have had my own place, I have always put up slim trees. I'm just fascinated by pencil-thin simple trees. I am not sure why I don’t like “traditional” wide trees- maybe it’s because I am just overwhelmed by how much you have to add to a big tree to make it look decent-Who knows?.

This year we have a huge great room and lots of space so I wanted more than just one pencil tree since it would just disappear in this big space. So I started looking for ideas on how to have a bigger tree without having a tree at all! So I came across some wooden wall tree shelves and We decided to supersize it to fit our current home.

The tree would match our modern Farmhouse decor and will serve as a display for my  Christmas houses mini collection. What also made this wooden tree idea so appealing was that it could be done for under $15!

This is how you can make your 6 foot DIY Wood Christmas tree shelf...

  • 4- 2x4"
  • 1 1/2" wood screws
  • 150 grit Sandpaper 
  • Minwax Dark Walnut stain 
  • Decor
  • Miter saw
  • Angle finder
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Drill/ drill bits
  • Orbital sander

Step 1: Make the frame for your DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shelves...

Start by cutting the wood: 1- 2x4x71" and 1- 2x4x68"- Both need a 64° angle at the top end and 13° angle at the bottom end.

Then cut the bottom shelf - which also completes the triangle frame: 1- 2x4x32" with a 13° angle at both ends.

Continue by placing the pieces of the frame on a flat surface, clamp it together and attach the pieces using wood screws. You may add wood glue for stronger joints- we opted not to since we plan on taking it apart to store it after the holidays.

Step 2: Build the shelves...

Cut the following pieces with a 13° angle at each end.

  • 1- 2x4x8"
  • 1- 2x4x14"
  • 1- 2x4x20"
  • 1- 2x4x26"

Proceed to attach the shelves- from largest to smallest - leaving 12" between shelf. Used 2 wood screws on each side to secure the shelf.

Step 3: Make the base of your DIY Wood Christmas Tree Shelves...

  • Cut 2-2x4x14.5" and 2- 2x4x12"
  • Make 2 pockets holes on one of the 2x4x12". 
  • Proceed by joining the 2- 12" pieces with wood screws.
  • Then attach the 2 - 2x4x14.5" to the 2 pieces of 2x4x12"- 2" from each end. 

Step 4: Attach the base to frame...

Then, use wood screws to attach the base to the center of the bottom support board.

Step 5: Sand and stain...

Using 150 grit sandpaper sand the tree.

Proceed by giving it one coat of Minwax in dark walnut.

Step 6- Decorate and Enjoy!

There are so many things you can display on this easy DIY wood Christmas tree shelves; you can add lights and garland, add rustic ornaments or festive decor. The possibilities are endless!

 I am using it to display my  Christmas house mini collection and the new wooden houses we just made. 

 It looks amazing and it’s very functional.

Did you make a DIY wood Christmas tree? How did you decorate it? I would love to know in the comments below.

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Kathy
    on Nov 8, 2019

    Why is one side 71" and other 68". Is this neccessary?

  • Jaggwire
    on Nov 13, 2019

    Is this displayed in front of a mirror intentionally? The effect is beautiful and allows full viewing of the "houses." I'll bet it's gorgeous when lit!

    • Home Defined HD
      Home Defined HD
      on Nov 14, 2019

      Not intentionally, all my other walls are occupied with decor so this was my only option.

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  • Debra Ridley Hurst
    Debra Ridley Hurst
    on Nov 10, 2019

    My husband and I were talking about thirty minutes ago about what to do for a tree this year. I just forwarded this to him. I WANT!!! 😊

  • Nina Li
    Nina Li
    on Dec 7, 2019

    Great idea!

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